The pandemic has people itching for new experiences after being cooped up at home. The American road trip has fueled peoples’ spirits in 2020 as a safer alternative for adventure. Get reacquainted with California’s grandeur by leaving the big cities for California’s Central Coast. Just halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the peace and calm of wide-open spaces, uncrowded white sand beaches, outdoor adventure, … Continue reading New Experiences along the California Central Coast
I’ll admit it, I was hesitant to venture into the not-my-neighborhood and, daringly, stay multiple nights in not-my-house. I still am and probably will be for months — maybe year (ask me after Nov. 3, or hopefully soon thereafter) — but I do feel much better about the possibility of vacation travel in these unprecedented times. So, ground rules: Everything below is dog-friendly, kid-friendly and … Continue reading I Survived 2020: A Science-Believer’s Guide to a COVID-Free Getaway
It’s not L.A. — not the climate, not the urban sprawl, not the wealth disparity, not even the jerks — that makes celebrating Christmas here such a challenge. OK, maybe those factor in. But primarily, I find it’s difficult for many of us to get into the spirit of the season simply because we live here. The city is, for us, business as usual. And … Continue reading The Christmas Market in Cambria
The Central California Coast – situated between Los Angeles and San Francisco – provides a special lure due to its small-town charm, where time feels like it moves a little slower. Towns like Cayucos, Cambria, Nipomo, and Avila Beach along the Highway 1 Discovery Route remind me of the quaint coziness of the New England villages where I am from. For our one-year wedding anniversary, … Continue reading California’s Central Coast – Where will the road take you?
Last month, the town of Cambria, located in the 805, played host to the inaugural Paso BlendFest on the Coast, a wine-tasting event to showcase the distinctive blends of the most celebrated wine region in this part of the state. More than two dozen renowned wineries offered guests the opportunity to sample two or three, sometimes four, unique blends. “As evidenced by Paso’s recent honor as Wine … Continue reading Escape LA: Wines Among the Pines in Cambria
We all love Los Angeles, that’s why we live here, but sometimes you just need to escape lala-land for something different. I found myself with a few days off in this first part of 2014, and wanted to escape the traffic and post-holiday depression of real life. I wanted to go somewhere where there was still a hint of winter, somewhere quiet and quaint yet … Continue reading Escape from Los Angeles